Concealed carry holder fired shots at another driver on Lake Shore Drive, prosecutors say

Shantoria Route-Ragland and a video frame from social media video.(@Dougee327, Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a concealed carry license holder fired shots at another car on Lake Shore Drive last week.

Judge Ankur Srivastava rejected a prosecution request to keep Shantoria Route-Ragland, 23, in jail as a safety threat during a detention hearing the next day. Instead, he released her with instructions to show up in court and surrender her firearms to the police.

Precisely what started the incident is unclear, but @Dougee327 caught part of the episode on video, which he shared on Twitter. His footage, recorded at 66th and Cornell, shows a silver SUV driving around a woman standing in traffic, apparently angry at the SUV’s driver. Watch:

As the SUV makes its way around the woman, it strikes her driver’s door and keeps going. The woman gets into her car and follows.

When the SUV gets stuck in traffic at the next light, the woman exits her car and sprints towards it, causing the SUV’s driver to collide with other vehicles in their attempt to escape. The woman appears to be holding something in her left hand as she returns to her car.

At about 6 p.m., the driver of the silver SUV, a 19-year-old woman, walked into CPD Headquarters and reported that another driver fired shots at them, then chased them onto Lake Shore Drive and fired more shots toward them near 39th Street, according to a police report. She provided descriptions of the other driver and their car and the vehicle’s license plate number, the report said.

Police searched the area and found Route-Ragland speaking with other officers in the 4000 block of South Michigan. Her car, which also matched the description and had the same license plate number, was nearby.

According to a second CPD report, Route-Ragland told police that the other driver struck her while changing lanes near 49th and Stony Island and then drove away. She told the police she merely followed the other car to get its license plate number.

But, when police asked if she had a concealed carry license or any weapons in the car, Route-Ragland confirmed that she did.

“Yes, it’s in my purse,” she replied, one report said. “I never pulled it out.”

Police arrested Route-Ragland after the other driver identified her as the person who fired shots at her, the report said. Officers allegedly found a handgun in Route-Ragland’s purse that contained three rounds.

She faces two charges of aggravated assault by discharging a firearm and a misdemeanor violation of the Concealed Carry Act.

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